Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 2014
There was a day when you could actually infer the size of the Mercedes engine by the numbers on the rear decklid, making it easy for even slight aficionados to jabber off the seemingly intimate details of every whip that drove down the road. O.K., it was only three years ago. Now, the 550s have 4.6-liter engines, the 400s have 3.5s, and the 63s have 5.5s. We’d ask what the world was coming to if we weren’t so tickled with the changes. The new-for-2014 E-Class is a prime example. The AMG variant, which went on a one-model-year hiatus for 2013, exchanged its 516-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 for a 550-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8, despite retaining the 63 name. Then there’s the accompanying S, which replaces the AMG Performance Package and raises output to 577 horsepower. To help lay these higher levels of power down, the new Mercedes-Benz E63 and other AMG vehicles have all-wheel drive as standard equipment. It even says so right there on the decklid, with an easy-to-decipher “4matic” badge.
Price: $95,000 (estimated)
Engine: 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8
0-60: 3.3 seconds
Top Speed: 186 mph (limited)
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Torque: 590 foot-pounds